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Dyana Neal

Dyana Neal

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Dyana is WBJC's midday host. Her full bio can be read here.

Nov. 13 2017

Holidays a la Choral Arts

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will present their annual holiday concert, “Christmas With Choral Arts”, on Tuesday, December 5th at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore. As always, the program features a wide variety of seasonal music, but this year, there are some new twists. I recently spoke with Baltimore Choral Arts’ new Music […]

Nov. 03 2017

All at Sea

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

From now through November 19, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is stepping away from the Bard for a bit to present The Sea Voyage, a comedy by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger. Recently, I spoke with director Ann Turiano about the show, which features warriors, pirates, castaways, and all manner of shenanigans.     https://www.baltimoreshakespearefactory.org/

Aug. 10 2017

75 Years of Liberty Aboard the S.S. John W. Brown

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | 1 Comment

During World War II, 2,710 Liberty Ships were built in the United States. Today, just two of them remain afloat and fully operational. On September 9, the 75th anniversary of the Baltimore-built S.S. John W. Brown‘s launch will be celebrated with a Living History Cruise. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Seaman Paul […]

Mar. 09 2017

Music is blossoming in PG County!

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

The Spring Music Series at Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center starts this Friday, March 10 with a performance by the Washington Women in Jazz Festival. Earlier this week, I spoke with the series’ director, Armando Bayolo, about Friday’s concert.  

Mar. 02 2017

If music be the food of love, what’s the food of music?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 3 Comments

On almost any given day, if you were to stop by WBJC’s studios, you’d hear someone mention food. The staff at this radio station loves to natter on about all things culinary – favorite cookbooks, silly food trends, amazing (or dreadful) restaurants we’ve recently tried – if you can eat it or drink it, we’ve […]

Nov. 24 2016

Hallelujah! The BSO is Recording Messiah!

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale are presenting their annual performances of Handel’s Messiah December 2-4, with concerts at both the Meyerhoff and Strathmore. Maestro Edward Polochick has conducted Messiah with the BSO since 1982, and I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of singing it with him many times since […]

Nov. 10 2016

Opera Goes to the Movies, 1935-Style

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Movie Reviews | 4 Comments

It’s less and less common to see classical music represented in popular culture these days, especially in a positive sense, so imagine my delight when I recently saw that Turner Classic Movies was airing Love Me Forever, a 1935 film starring Metropolitan Opera soprano Grace Moore. I’m rather ashamed to admit I didn’t know Moore’s […]

Nov. 03 2016

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Presents A Well-Heeled Comedy

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

This month, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is presenting the Baltimore premiere of “The Shoemaker’s Holiday” by Thomas Dekker. Based on the story of Simon Eyre, a commoner who rose to the office of Lord Mayor of London, it’s a  “London City Comedy” set in the world of ordinary citizens. Recently, I met with director Tom Delise […]

Aug. 17 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins: A Diva Gets Her Due

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I was about 20 the first time I heard a recording of Florence Foster Jenkins. A friend put it on at a dinner party where all of the attendees were singers, and everyone, myself included, laughed uproariously at Mrs. Jenkins’ intonation, pronunciation, and diction. Many derisive comments were made about her having merely been a […]

Jun. 24 2016

Get on your bikes and ride!

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews | No Comments

From July 22-24, scooter enthusiasts will meet at various locations in Baltimore to check out one another’s bikes, listen to music, meet like-minded folks, and oh, yes, ride! There hasn’t been a scooter rally in Charm City for a few years, so fans of two-wheeled transit (myself included) have good reason to be excited about […]

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